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Four SoCon Teams to Participate In BracketBusters PDF Print
Written by SoCon Sports Information   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:02

The 10th annual Sears BracketBusters, a three-day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Feb. 17-19, will feature 13 nationally televised games - on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. The NCAA hopefuls will be selected from a pool of 142 teams from 16 conferences, the largest Sears BracketBusters pool in the event's history, which includes two team that reached the 2011 Final Four in Houston.

The Southern Conference will have four teams in the event.  Appalachian State and Davidson have been designated as home teams, while College of Charleston and Wofford will be on the road. The SoCon is 17-12 all-time in the event and has gone 8-1 the last two years, including a perfect 5-0 mark last season.

For the seventh straight year, ESPNU will feature five Sears BracketBusters games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will television up to six and ESPN3 will carry two. The 13 Sears BracketBusters matchups will be announced Monday, Jan. 30 with dates, times and networks. The television matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

Sears BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, will provide the 26 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 116 teams not selected for Sears BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

The 142-team field will feature teams from 16 conferences: 12 each from Colonial Athletic Association, Mid-American Conference and Southland; 11 each from Ohio Valley Conference and Big South; 10 each from Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley and Summit League; nine each from America East, Big Sky and Big West; eight from the Western Athletic Association; four from the Southern Conference; three from the MEAC; and two from the West Coast Conference.

As part of the agreement, all 13 of the Sears BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 58 home squads, will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.

Sears BracketBusters is part of ESPN's college basketball franchise programming, along with Rivalry Week, Feast Week presented by Lowe's, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Judgment Week and Championship Week Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.

Teams participating this season in Sears BracketBusters have produced 87 appearances in the last six NCAA Championships.

Sears BracketBusters Home and Away Teams (Matchups announced Jan. 30)

Home Team                Visiting Team

 

America East

 

Albany                     Binghamton
 
Maine                    Boston University
 
New Hampshire               Hartford
 
Vermont                       UMBC
 
Stony Brook
 


Big Sky

 

Montana                    Eastern Washington
 
Northern Arizona              Idaho State
 
Northern Colorado            Montana State
 
Sacramento State             Portland State
 
Weber State
  


Big South

 


Charleston Southern            Campbell
 
Coastal Carolina              High Point
 
Gardner-Webb                   Liberty
 
Radford                       Presbyterian
 
VMI                           UNC-Asheville
 
Winthrop

 

Big West
 


UC Irvine                        Cal Poly
 
UC Riverside                      UC Davis
 
Cal State Fullerton            UC Santa Barbara
 
Cal State Northridge            Long Beach State
 
Pacific

 

Colonial

 

Delaware                              Drexel
 
George Mason                       James Madison
 
Georgia State                      Old Dominion
 
Hofstra                                Towson
 
Northeastern                       UNC Wilmington
 
VCU                                William & Mary

 

Horizon

 

Butler                             Loyola (Ill.)
 
Cleveland State                          UIC
 
Detroit                              Valparaiso
 
Green Bay                           Wright State
 
Milwaukee                         Youngstown State

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

 


Canisius                             Fairfield
 
Iona                                   Marist

Loyola (Md.)                          Niagara
 
Manhattan                              Rider
 
Saint Peter's                          Siena

 

Mid-American

 

Ball State                               Akron
 
Bowling Green                           Buffalo
 
Central Michigan                    Eastern Michigan
 
Kent State                          Northern Illinois
 
Miami (Ohio)                              Toledo
 
Ohio                                  Western Michigan

 

MEAC

 

Morgan State                          Delaware State
 
Hampton

 

Missouri Valley

 

Bradley                                     Drake

Creighton                               Indiana State
 
Evansville                              Northern Iowa
 
Illinois State                         Southern Illinois
 
Missouri State                           Wichita State

 

Ohio Valley

 

Austin Peay                              Morehead State
 
Eastern Illinois                         SE Missouri State
 
Eastern Kentucky                          Tennessee-Martin
 
Jacksonville State                        Tennessee Tech
 
Murray State                             Tennessee State
 
SIU Edwardsville

 

Southern

 

Appalachian State                      College of Charleston
 
Davidson                                       Wofford

 

Southland

 

McNeese State                             Central Arkansas
 
Nicholls State                                  Lamar
 
Northwestern State                    Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
 
Sam Houston State                          Texas-Arlington
 
Southeastern Louisiana                    Texas-San Antonio
 
Stephen F. Austin                            Texas State

 

Summit League

 

UMKC                                             IPFW
 
North Dakota State                               IUPUI
 
Oral Roberts                                    Oakland
 
South Dakota State                            Southern Utah
 
South Dakota                                 Western Illinois

 

WAC

 

Idaho                                          Fresno State
 
Louisiana Tech                                    Hawaii
 
New Mexico State                                  Nevada
 
Utah State                                     San Jose State

 

West Coast Conference

 

Loyola Marymount                              St. Mary's (Calif.)

 

Sears BracketBusters in NCAA Championship play from 2006-11:


2011 NCAA Championship: 13 berths - Akron, Boston University, George Mason, Indiana State, Morehead State, Northern Colorado, Old Dominion, Saint Peter's, UC-Santa Barbara, UNC Ashville, Utah State, VCU, and Wofford. Eight wins: George Mason defeated Villanova; Morehead State defeated Louisville; UNC Ashville defeated Arkansas-Little Rock; VCU defeated USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas.

 

2010 NCAA Championship: 12 berths - Butler, Morgan State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Old Dominion, Siena, Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara, Vermont, Winthrop. 10 wins overall: Butler defeated UTEP, Murray State, Syracuse, Kansas State, Michigan State; Murray State defeated Vanderbilt; Northern Iowa defeated UNLV and Kansas; Ohio defeated Georgetown; and Old Dominion defeated Notre Dame.

 

2009 NCAA Championship: 13 berths - Akron, Binghamton, Butler, Cal State Northridge, Cleveland State, Morehead State, Morgan State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Portland State, Siena, Utah State, and Virginia Commonwealth. Three wins overall: Cleveland State defeated Wake Forest; Morehead State defeated Alabama State and Siena beat Ohio State.

 

2008 NCAA Championship: 15 Berths - Austin Peay, Boise State, Butler, Cal State-Fullerton, Davidson, Drake, George Mason, Kent State, Oral Roberts, Portland State, Saint Mary's, San Diego, Siena, UMBC and Winthrop. Six wins overall: Davidson defeated Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin to reach the Elite Eight; Butler defeated South Alabama; Siena defeated Vanderbilt; and San Diego defeated Connecticut.

 

2007 NCAA Championship: 17 Berths - Albany, Butler, Creighton, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Long Beach State, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, New Mexico State, Niagara, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth, Winthrop and Wright State.  Seven wins overall: Butler defeated Old Dominion and Maryland to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Southern Illinois defeated Holy Cross and Virginia Tech to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Nevada defeated Creighton; Virginia Commonwealth defeated Duke; and Winthrop defeated Notre Dame.

 

2006 NCAA Championship: 19 Berths - Albany, Bradley, Bucknell, George Mason, Iona, Kent State, Montana, Murray State, Nevada, UNC-Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Pacific, Oral Roberts, Utah State, Southern Illinois, UW-Milwaukee, Winthrop and Wichita State. Twelve wins overall: Bradley defeated Kansas and Pittsburgh to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Bucknell defeated Arkansas; George Mason defeated Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut to reach the Final Four; Montana defeated Nevada; Northwestern State defeated Iowa; UW-Milwaukee defeated Oklahoma; and Wichita State defeated Seton Hall and Tennessee to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

 

About Sears BracketBusters

 

The Sears BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. Sears BracketBusters is an example of ESPN college basketball franchise programming. Others include Rivalry Week, Feast Week Presented by Lowe's, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers and Judgment Week and Championship Week Presented by Dick's Sporting.

 


 
 

  
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